Magazines and online videos are full of numerous travel ideas for families, couples, singles, or large groups. But wherever your destination, getting there can be expensive. Here are some budget travel tips to help you save money and still have a great time wherever you may roam.
- Bring Laundry Money. Unless you’re exploring the arctic tundra, chances are good that you’ll be near a washer and dryer now and then in your travels. Just bring along a pre-measured baggie of laundry detergent, a few dryer sheets, and some change. Planning on at least one load of laundry per trip can dramatically cut the number of clothes in your suitcase by half. The sunnier the destination, the easier it is to pare down your packing, and if you can manage to fit all your clothes into one extra carry-on, you can save baggage fees at the airport too.
- Hotels v. Hostels. Hotel rooms are great, if you’ve got money to spare. But with just a little planning and research, you can also find a suitable (and even downright nice!) hostel or two somewhere along your path. Hostels offer a taste of the country you won’t find in a chain hotel, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with far more people. With the money you save, it’s a win-win situation!
- Stock Up on Snacks. Food is another place where budget travel tips come in handy. While the restaurant scene can be an important part of a vacation, your in-between meals and snacks can sometimes send your spending over the limit. When the opportunity arises, stock up on snacks you know you’ll love and take them with you during your day. This will also give you the chance to make healthier decisions, rather than just grabbing whatever limited option might be available when you get hungry.
When it comes to staying on budget travel tips can be incredibly useful. If you have any traveling tips or tricks to share, please leave them below in the comments. And pleasant journeys!